Grenfell Students to hold VA Harlow (Silent) Art Auction fundraiser.
The Visual Arts students travelling to Harlow Campus in April are running a silent art auction as a
This auction will take place in the Fine Arts atrium at Grenfell Campus from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Nov.
28th and Nov. 29th, in conjunction with the theatre program’s production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost.”
There will also be a coffee house with baked goods on both days. The auction is open to all members of
the community and everyone is welcome to attend.
VA Harlow Trip background:
The Visual Arts Harlow trip is a 12-week summer immersion program at Memorial University’s dedicated
campus (donated by Lord Taylor of Harlow in 1967 to the university) in Old Harlow England. The
campus has student housing for 44 students, including accommodation for 10 students in a house that
dates from the 1650s. It is located in a traditional English village 40 minutes from central London by
direct train. London is currently considered the pre-eminent contemporary art-market in the world,
surpassing New York as an art power house, and it is home-base to some of the world’s leading
architectural and design firms; it also has the world’s largest contemporary art museum, and there are over
10,000 artists, architects, and designers working in the East end of London alone.
Now 20 years in the running this voluntary trip (open to non-VA students as well, though the program is
highly subscribed to) takes place every year or second year, and involves three full credit courses in visual
culture and art history. Students are fully “immersed” in a broad-ranging social, cultural, and historical
learning program that includes architectural and urban-planning tours, heritage and tourism discussions,
gallery/artist visits and studio sessions, along with over 400 km of guided walking tours — and a 10-day
field trip to the south of England with private access passes to the centre of Stonehenge, tours of Roman
Bath, St. Ives, town tours of Oxford, Bristol, and Salisbury (including specialized tower-tours of
Salisbury cathedral and sculpture tours of Roche Court), along with numerous other events and visits to
towns like Cambridge, Bodiam, Bexhill, and Brighton. While these trips are the most cost-effective
overseas experience of their type in North America, to maintain this cost effectiveness all students fund-
raise to offset the educational-touring expenses they encounter.